On Another Musical Note – February 2014

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This is my last blog for “On Another Musical Note”. It has been a wonderful trip, and I thank those of you that have shared it with me. Two sites that might be nice to keep track of are Chris Rizik’s “Soul Tracks”, and DJ Soulswede’s “Soul Interviews”. Many thanks to Souly for the lovely graphic for my header!

Follow the musicians and the music that you love. Buy the mp3’s and CD’s, go to the concerts, and support your favorites musicians/genre’s in all ways. This is the only way that the music we love will continue to be played!

Putting in a plug for my friend DJ Soulswede! Would you like to sponsor Souly’s highly regarded Solar Radio show? I knew that you would! Relevant information can be found here.

For all artists that would like to have their work promoted here, please drop me a line at bonniecehovet@gmail.com. I love to point my readers in the direction of really awesome music!

Just Sharing:

Chris Rizik  Editorial on the Grammys

Digital Media Law Project

Editorial

Gabrielle Goodman

Noel Gourdin

Donell Jones

Charley Langer

Tyrone Lee

O’Bryan

Shades of the Past:

Heatwave

Shades of the Future:

Will Downing

Lyfe Jennings

John Legend

Malone

Gregory Porter

Ledisi

Charlie WIlson

Shades of t he Future:

Bey Bright

Jaha

Kwabs

Lucid

Music Mixes (Soul Tracks):

Soul Eclectics’ Mix: Vol 5

LMG: The Soul Eclectics – Move playlist

Reviews:

Donny Hathaway

Margo B

Staples Singers (book review)

Bruce Sudano

R.I.P. :

Ronny Jordan

Beloyd Taylor

Audio Interview:

Chante Moore

Solar Radio:

October 22nd 2013

Internet Radio:

 “Kempire Radio” , with Kemp Parchment, every Friday from 8 pm to 12 am EST.

 “The Marc Gordon & Friends Show”, with Marc Gordon, Tuesdays 8 pm EST

“The Morning Wake Up” , with Winston Warrior, weekdays from 8 am to 11 am EST. 

“The1Essence Radio” , With smooth grooves & interviews, 24/7.

© 2000 – 2013 Bonnie Cehovet

All material is copyright by Bonnie Cehovet, and may not be reproduced in any format without written permission.

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Bill Curtis – “Don’t Be Like The Buffalo”

(The following is a newsletter from Mr. Bill Curtis, shared with his permission.)

Don’t Be Like the BuffaloPete Everett and Thomas LivingstonHey guys!!! We are in another year “2014” and the funk is going to be hotter this year than last year. in one of my previous newsletters, I mentioned I didn’t think the internet was friendly to black music. this is just my feeling, but one thing I noticed in 2013 but I don’t know if anyone else noticed or not, but there was not one black artist on the billboard top 10 for 2013.

I don’t know when the last time this happen, maybe 55 years ago I guess. I’m not saying this came about by the internet or that the internet is the reason, but I did notice a lot of the top 10 artist use black music and black artist to help produce and get them into the BB top 10.

Lynn Muldrow and Ledjerick WoodsTechnology is a wonderful thing. It’s good and on the other hand, its bad. What I mean is it is good for one side and bad for the other side. I feel that black artists are getting the short end of the stick. I know there are black artist out there still making good music because I hear it, but then the internet to me is moving very fast creating a certain kind of sound. I see the pattern…very hard for me to explain. It looks to me like cultureless, not border on any culture, but borrowing and mixing from all into one Global music sound .

I don’t care how hard they try to be anti- Cultural, there no get around black Culture. Black culture dominates the music world as long as there music our culture will live—and that’s my take!!

Bill Curtis and Ed JacksonI remember so well when black music wasn’t even considered for top ten or top forty. We were the other music from cross the tracks. We fought hard to get billboard to start including black music in the top forty categories. I hope history isn’t trying to repeat itself (but it has). It’s hard to keep a culture alive and vibrant when you don’t own your own media. Not having a black artist in the top 10 in 2013 is telling me something about how musical and socially we are divided.

I think technology is creating a different breed of music lovers. I know each generation wants to create their own style and express themselves in a way they feel.

Darryl McAlisterBack in the days, music producers came from a musical background. Today’s creators of songs and music… very few, comes from a musical background. This is a reflection of there generation. Hey technology have them believing they don’t have to study to make music or sing… and the result is what we are hearing now. The ones that figure this thing out, that’s what they need, to take next step, to go to school and learn how to make music. They will be our next innovators and creators of good music.

If you haven’t seen American Hustler check it out. The setting might be in the seventies. The moral of the story is the real world we live in now.

PS: is the technocrat sending a message we don’t need you? Where are the black executives, CEO’s, no one in the position to handle budgets, Hell! We don’t have any in the Music Industry (Maybe three).

PPS Don’t want to be like the buffalo.

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Reproduction prohibited without the written permission of the author.

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Welcome To 2014!

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Changes, changes, changes! That is what 2014 is all about. While I am opting to continue this blog, it will be on a monthly, rather than a weekly basis. The categories will change, depending on what music crosses my path, and what I have to say about it. Thank you for joining me!

Putting in a plug for my friend DJ Soulswede! Would you like to sponsor Souly’s highly regarded Solar Radio show? I knew that you would! Relevant information can be found here.

For all artists that would like to have their work promoted here, please drop me a line at bonniecehovet@gmail.com. I love to point my readers in the direction of really awesome music!

Just Sharing:

Charley Langer: “Callie”

Instant Classic Radio Show

Ronnie “Raheem” Moss

Shades of the Past:

Frank McComb: “Live At the Bitter End: Remembering Donny Hathaway”

Shades of the Future:

Jonathon Butler: “Merry Christmas To You”

Marie Dahlstrom: “Gloom:

Robert Gee: “All This Love

Christian Gregory: “Count On You

John Stoddart & Lalah Hathaway: “Merry Little Christmas”

Kool & the Gang: “Kool For the Holidays”

Kenny Lattimore

Ledisi: “Blame You”

Lynn Marie & Dre Delano: “She Ain’t You – He Ain’t You”

Ruben Stoddard: “Meant To Be”

Suzanne Vega

Music Mixes (Soul Tracks):

LMG: The Soul Eclectics Mix Vol IV

LMG: The Soul Eclectics Mix Vol III

Videos:

The Baylor Project

Charley Langer

Chazz Dixon – “Get It”

Mike Stern At Yoshi’s San Francisco

Syleena Johnson: “So Big”

Reviews:

Beyonce

Al Castellana: “Outside My Window”

Melinda Doolittle

Gladys Knight: Another Journey

K’Jon

Marvin Sapp: “Christmas Card”

Timotha Lanae: “Red”

Lisa Taylor

R.I.P. :

Ricky Lawson

Grady Wilkins

Audio Interview:

Barry Eastmond

Bah Samba

Solar Radio:

October 22nd 2013

Internet Radio:

 “Kempire Radio” , with Kemp Parchment, every Friday from 8 pm to 12 am EST.

 “The Marc Gordon & Friends Show”, with Marc Gordon, Tuesdays 8 pm EST

“The Morning Wake Up” , with Winston Warrior, weekdays from 8 am to 11 am EST. 

“The1Essence Radio” , With smooth grooves & interviews, 24/7.

© 2000 – 2013 Bonnie Cehovet

All material is copyright by Bonnie Cehovet, and may not be reproduced in any format without written permission.

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Bill Curtis & the Fatback Band – Happy Holidays!

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(Please note: This newsletter is from Bill Curtis, founder of the Fatback Band. It is being shared with his permission,)

Happy Holidays

This has been a great year and I’m so blessed to be surrounded by such a great family of friends around the world. And I want to thank you for your support over the many years and we would have never made this many years without you! I wish I could express how I feel in my heart to each and every one of you. We thank you, your grandkids and your great-grandkids for helping to keep the funk alive!!! “May your Holidays be Merry and Bright & have a Blessed and prosperous NEW YEAR”!!!

Okay guys let’s look back… it’s been eleven or twelve years. Where are we on the internet today and how did it make our lives better as creative artist. First let me declare myself, I feel there is a place for both label and independent artists, I’m all for new technology, new ideas, and a new ways of doing business in music industry, where the creative artist gets the lion’s share of the revenues.. Whereas the Artists have control of what he does… Where are we now? in a technology music world, where people take your content and use it to build another platform and pay you what they want you to have and there one more platform, self-help that the one that tell you what they can do for you the one that takes your money for doing nothing. It took me while to learn this it not about us it about them make money in the name of making it better for you. let’s see what we have in the last 12 years.

They said in the long run the musicians would be better off, the playing field would be leveled. And yes it was. but it unleased so much music on the world till it’s like water… it makes it almost impossible for anyone to gain any traction. Also it made it possible for you to build your our selling market. While you compete with the world, you are starving on the way and getting deeper in debt. No! The long haul is not the way, been at that end too long.

There are exceptions and you read about them every day. That’s what keep you hanging on but for the 99% the new music world…it’s not working that well! I’ve talk with musicians and artists around world I hear the same story. “I’m making a little but I can’t pay the bills with it” and there was a time when we could. Technology is making it very hard for everyone, not only musicians and if we’re not careful technology will soon create a whole world of the unemployed. I know it sounds crazy, but just think about it. Just around the corner are driverless cars, now we got unemployed cab drivers, truck drivers, etc. So you get the picture of what I mean, with all of these robots and drones, replaces manpower and it’s not going to stop.. I just wanted to drop that on you to let you know that we not the only out here affected by technology.(and they want to cut back on unemployment benefits)

After eleven years out here applying and using the social Medias…it all boils down to the individual needs, what it can do for you and does it make sense? And what I found out with Spotify, Pandora and YouTube, it don’t really make sense the fees they pay us, for the use of our music.(they are doing better than the junkbox man) I have told you this before, until we get rid of the third parties, it’s always gonna be this way. The game haven’t changed, they just wearing a new face. When I say the game hasn’t change, it’s still about you going out there making things happen! You got to build you a following. In my days it was call a fan club. You can’t really build loyal fan base sitting home at a computer. a base that will buy your merchandise, come to hear you play, tell their friends about you…and that’s what the Chitlins circuit (tour) was about. they keep black music alive. Record companies even built their white acts up off the money they stole from black acts, money that didn’t pay them. One black artist built a whole company; he was the biggest act they had, in his time. This business is not for the weak at heart, this is the future and we’re not going back, so embraces it, but not blindly look at every platform and measure, if it not paying you what you think you are worth leave it alone…. its all about EXPOSURE, EXPOSURE, EXPOSURE.

One thing I did noticed the internet made black music more accessible worldwide, but don’t know if it black friendly (technology) or is it we just don’t know how to be that tech savvy? All the success story I read about, it’s still the same picture. With all the new venues and genre coming about, it the same group of people going through the same doors. I don’t see those doors opening, maybe they are, and I just don’t see them. Is this our new chitlin circuit?

Happy Holidays!

Bill (Fatback) Curtis

PS yes! I’m still touring with the Band and recording not as much as I would like to…

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Time To Pause and Reflect

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I am pausing this blog until the new year, at which time it will become a monthly, rather than a weekly, blog. Thank all of you who have stayed with me this far!

Blessings,

Bonnie

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R.I.P. Gloria Lynne

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Please join me in a walk through the world of music!

Putting in a plug for my friend DJ Soulswede! Would you like to sponsor Souly’s highly regarded Solar Radio show? I knew that you would! Relevant information can be found here.

A well known music journalist, Souly features some amazing audio interviews on his site – Soulinterviews.com. He reaches a diverse audience … an audience that likes its music! Would you like to reach this audience? Check out banner opportunities here.

For all artists that would like to have their work promoted here, please drop me a line at bonniecehovet@gmail.com. I love to point my readers in the direction of really awesome music! Perhaps I should say that the genres I prefer are R&B, Soul, and Jazz. I know … picky me!

Let’s see what we have going on this week

Just Sharing:

Church Girl

So Soulful Collection

Glenn Lewis

Tony Momrelle

Eddie Willis

R.I.P.:

Gloria Lynne

Review:

K Cl & JoJo

Najee

Video Countdown:

Ann Marie Collymore

First Watch:

Venue Connection

AAudio Interview:

Everett James

Solar Radio:

Sep 24th, 2013

Internet Radio:

 “Kempire Radio” , with Kemp Parchment, every Friday from 8 pm to 12 am EST.

 “The Marc Gordon & Friends Show”, with Marc Gordon, Tuesdays 8 pm EST

“The Morning Wake Up” , with Winston Warrior, weekdays from 8 am to 11 am EST. 

“The1Essence Radio” , With smooth grooves & interviews, 24/7.

© 2000 – 2013 Bonnie Cehovet

All material is copyright by Bonnie Cehovet, and may not be reproduced in any format without written permission.

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Moving Into October

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Please join me in a walk through the world of music!

Putting in a plug for my friend DJ Soulswede! Would you like to sponsor Souly’s highly regarded Solar Radio show? I knew that you would! Relevant information can be found here.

A well known music journalist, Souly features some amazing audio interviews on his site – Soulinterviews.com. He reaches a diverse audience … an audience that likes its music! Would you like to reach this audience? Check out banner opportunities here.

For all artists that would like to have their work promoted here, please drop me a line at bonniecehovet@gmail.com. I love to point my readers in the direction of really awesome music! Perhaps I should say that the genres I prefer are R&B, Soul, and Jazz. I know … picky me!

Let’s see what we have going on this week

Just Sharing:

Babyface

Ray Charles

Marie Dahlstrom

John Legend

Laura Mvula

L. Michael Gipson

Dexter Walker & The Zion Movement

Chris Rizik

Jody Watley

Grady Wilkins

Lost Gem:

El DeBarge

Review:

Earth, Wind, & Fire

Mint Condition

Sly & The Family Stone

Bill Withers

Video Countdown:

Ann Marie Collymore

First Listen:

Carolyn Malachi

MRF, David Michael, & Sheree Dunwell

Najee & Melis’a Morgan

Brandon WIlliams

Nao Yoshioka

First Watch:

Bilal

R.I.P. :

Keith Crier

Maxine Powell

Unsung:

The Sylvers

Audio Interview:

Everett James

Solar Radio:

Sep 24th, 2013

Internet Radio:

 “Kempire Radio” , with Kemp Parchment, every Friday from 8 pm to 12 am EST.

 “The Marc Gordon & Friends Show”, with Marc Gordon, Tuesdays 8 pm EST

“The Morning Wake Up” , with Winston Warrior, weekdays from 8 am to 11 am EST. 

“The1Essence Radio” , With smooth grooves & interviews, 24/7.

© 2000 – 2013 Bonnie Cehovet

All material is copyright by Bonnie Cehovet, and may not be reproduced in any format without written permission.

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